PTA, staff and students are working as a team to create a new broader vision for the more effective use of Cherwell’s outside spaces. Our intention is to create a more visually cohesive and attractive school whilst also breaking the site down into ‘zones’ or ‘rooms’ with distinct feels and purposes. We want each of those external rooms to promote opportunities for outside learning, student socialization and relaxation, health (see the summary of a study on the benefits of green space below) and also support of wildlife. Our team have started formulating designs for rooms focusing on drama and music, where students can perform and ‘busk’ at lunchtimes along with other zones focusing on themes such as sports, with emerging visions for improved sports equipment such as multi goals and potentially outside gym equipment. We also envisage lots of spaces for the display of student art so we can increase our capacity to celebrate their successes.
We aim to break the work necessary for this scheme into clear phases, creating a systematic plan for their creation and renovation work one ‘room’ at a time. Our plan is to start work this academic year 2016/17.
We need your help:
The financial climate for schools is very tight and so the PTA need your help to make our vision become a reality and benefit the education of our children. If you feel able to help us either through a financial donation and / or the sparing two or three hours for a planting or make days (no experience required) then please click on the donate button below or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you can offer some help planting in the autumn. Together we can make this happen.
Enhance the visual appeal and unity of North & South Sites outside spaces;
Improve the facilities to enhance opportunities for outside learning;
Aid students and staff’s health and mental well-being;
Provide spaces to support local wildlife;
Reflect Cherwell School’s innovative, outward-looking and inclusive educational ethos.
We are delighted to announce that through the kind donations of those who knew and loved Jack, we have been able to raise the full £5000 needed for this Garden. We would like to thank everyone who donated to this project.
The aims of this specific phase:
The Garden aims to remember and celebrate Jacks life and provide a space for students and other school users to relax and socialise in an atmosphere rich in art and soothing plants. What was previously just a corridor has already fundamentally changed in nature as students use the new heavy duty picnic tables to work, eat lunch and talk in comfort. The hard landscaping work will begin this summer with planting happening in the autumn. We hope to get the entire garden completed by winter, so that former year thirteen students who new Jack and worked so hard to make this garden a reality can see the results of their efforts at the certificates evening in December. ;
If you want to see more of the design aims and ideas for this garden, download The Jack Graham Garden Brochure here.
Planting Plans: The Sunken Garden Beds…
We plan to enhance the ‘Mediterranean’ feel the area once had by keeping the plants currently on site and adding to them. We will surround the central bed with railway sleepers to protect from student footfall. The simple planting plan and the gentle bubble from the water feature will add to that overall feel of calm.
Planting Plans: The Planters…
We have tried to go for plants that flower at varied times of the year and mostly when students & staff are in school. Using the existing variegated Ivy on the wall, we have contrasted the leaf shape & colour with a purple Phormium. The variegated theme is picked up in the leaf of the Hebe. Colour is introduced with the silvery leaved Perovskia, Perscaria, Mahonia & Ceonothus. We will then plant long flowering Erigeron Karvinskianus with its tiny daisy flower at the edges of tubs to tumble over & soften edges.
Designs for the South Site Central Garden have been redrawn and our aim is to start major hard landscaping works as soon as funds allow. The space will be of one of the few truly garden areas (focus on planting, seating and student art) on South Site, with subsequent areas focusing on sport and other themes. If you wish to know more about the aims of the design download The South Site Central Garden Brochure here.